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Flag Day celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States of America. We proudly call that flag “Old Glory” or “The stars and stripes.” Whatever we choose to call it, it represents the greatest country in the world.

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We’re finally able to gather with friends and family again. We are able to dine indoors without mask mandates. We are able to attend sporting events and enjoy baseball and basketball this summer. And, we’re able to travel more freely again by airplane.

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Andrew Clyde, R-GA, says the folks who smashed and trashed and bashed their way into the Capitol that day were merely over-enthusiastic sightseers. ...  I have toured the Capitol, but I guess I was simply unprepared. I had a camera with me. I left my zip ties, bear spray, pipe, baseball bat and stun gun at home.

History, whether it be U.S. history or world history, or even your history, is sometimes not precise, like the math equation 2 + 2 = 4.

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We’ve been fortunate over the decades. There has been very little adversity, truth be told, and far more moments of triumph. But not lately. Between the pandemic and my health challenges, I fear I have piled a lifetime of adversity on my bride in recent months. ... But she hasn’t wavered ...

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We keep learning about how the COVID pandemic has changed the way we do business, and apparently, it’s also changed the way lobbyists do business when it comes to interactions with Oklahoma state legislators.

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One day it dawned on me I can do just about anything I put my mind to. I found I don’t like to be told I can’t do something. It’s how my constitution is made up.

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Mask mandates are starting to end nationwide, and our country is slowly emerging from 15 months of various lockdowns and restrictions. This is certainly good news, and it should continue as long as people continue to get the COVID vaccine.

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I am reminded of “The Crow and the Pitcher” story by Aesop. ❝A crow was about to die of thirst when he saw a pitcher of water standing on a stone wall. Quickly the crow flew to the pitcher, thinking of the cool, refreshing drink he would have. But his beak was not long enough to reach the water. The poor bird was not going to have his drink after all. He flew to a stump. Just as the crow was about to give up, he spied some pebbles lying nearby. Suddenly, he had an idea. He flew over and picked up a pebble in his beak. Carrying it in his beak, he dropped it into the pitcher. The level of the water rose just a little. Then he brought another pebble, and another, and another. With each pebble, the water rose still higher. By the time he had dropped all the pebbles into the pitcher, the water had reached the top. The clever crow then settled down beside the pitcher and drank his fill. Never had any drink tasted so delicious.❞ The moral of the story is: If something seems impossible, little by little does the trick. I guess following through is much like that. It takes patience, endurance, determination and a will to succeed.

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Oklahoma’s film rebate program has not been out of control as it has in some other states, and it’s been a reasonable investment that has exceeded every expectation of growth. Adding to the rebate gives the industry room to continue to expand infrastructure and jobs for Oklahomans.

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Bomb threats cost community taxpayers. Law enforcement must take every threat seriously, and they expend many resources to make sure there is no bomb, often spending hours combing through a building.

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Humanity’s exploration of the solar system is really still in its infancy, and while Ingenuity may seem like a tiny step, it is a significant one.

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Unfortunately, Friday is expected to be rainy during the day and night, but the weather should cooperate the rest of weekend. Get out if you can and have some fun.

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Contrast what NOC is doing with the presidential search at the University of Oklahoma. OU did two presidential searches within a year and a half, both under the cloak of darkness. Their first selection was not a very good one, and that president lasted only a year. Their second search was basically anointing another OU administrator as interim, then to the permanent position.

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The verdict provides some sense of justice. The moral rightness of the law and administration of the law was held up. And, there will be sentencing to come, which will be another layer of justice and accountability. But there is much more that needs to happen before true justice and accountability can prevail for our nation, and especially for racial minorities.

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The world is a much more dangerous place than it seemed early in the morning of April 19, 1995. We know the oceans can’t protect us, and neither can living in an unremarkable town.

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When I was growing up, I would look through all the books on astronomy I had and then get so excited about looking at it through my telescope.

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He never said it would be easy to follow Him. The road is narrow, and I’ll readily admit it can be a little depressing sometimes. But the promise ...

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